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Superintendent's District Update - February 2018

Falls City Public Schools Superintendent’s District Update – February 13, 2018

 

The Falls City Public Schools held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 12th, 2018. Here are the highlights of the meeting.

 

High Ability Learner Program – The District’s enhanced High Ability Leaner Program is in its first school year under the leadership of high school mathematics instructor, Jason Vitosh. An informing presentation focused on aspects of student identification procedures, grade-level statistics, professional development, and the after-school and summer programs. The planned HAL learning opportunities combine students’ high abilities in reading, math, and/or science, including hands-on building and computer coding, as well as creative writing and reading. The program further provides for discussion opportunities on what it is to be a high ability learner, supporting a student’s unique needs in their educational experience.

 

 



‚ÄčHAL Program Learning Activity

 

Help Falls City Public Schools bring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) together for a K-12 experience that will have our students “Soaring to New Heights using STEM”.  Back for a seventh year, Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education and School District #56 encourages farmers to nominate the Falls City Public Schools for a $25,000 grant.  Farmers will have the opportunity to keep rural schools growing by nominating Falls City Public Schools to demonstrate the community’s support and to strengthen our application.

Since 2011, America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education has awarded over $14 million in grants to over 750 rural public-school districts.  Falls City Public Schools has received three grants totaling $75,000.  Help Falls City Public Schools get funding for a fourth time. Farmers nominate our local school district January 1 through April 1, 2018.  Visit http://www.americasfarmers.com/recognition-programs/grow-rural-education/ and click on “farmers nominate now” to vote.

 

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Falls City Middle School students and faculty on Manufacturing Day with local industry.  Photo by Linnette Fankhauser

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The Continuous School Improvement Cycle is now in year-2. The priority goal and action plan focus on improving academic success in the core area of Reading. The sub-goals include implementation of a district wide writing curriculum focusing on spelling and grammar, writing across the curriculum, reading, and the continuation of district collaboration for all faculty and staff. Additionally, the School Improvement Steering Committee analyzed the faculty and staff feedback from the January 3rd teacher in-service activity.  Information from the analysis will now assist in driving district-wide school improvement efforts and professional development initiatives. Furthermore, documentation of progress is underway in an effort to evaluate our school improvement priorities.  

 

The District 56 Board of Education acted on several items before concluding the regular meeting.

 

1)   Approved on Second and Final Reading Policy Revisions 1) 4266 Data Breach Response; 2) 4250 Safety / Crisis Policy (Admin. Reg.); 3) 4270 Visitor / Parent / Spectator Conduct; 4) 4280 District Property; 5) 4290 Activities Program (Admin. Reg.).

 

2)  Approved on First Reading Policy Revisions 1) 4260 (a) Internet Access; 2) 4260 (b) Internet Acceptable Use Policy; 3) 4261 Technology Protection Measure and Internet Safety; 4) 7410 Pregnant and Parenting Students.

 

3)  Approved the School Calendar for 2018-2019: (school calendar includes a start date of August 15th, 2018 and ending date of May 23, 2019. The school calendar includes 179 student days and 186 teacher contract days).

 

4)  Approved the Certified Faculty Master Contract for 2018-2019. 

 

5)  Approved the Principal Contracts for 2018-2019.

 

6)  Approved the purchase of a new 46-passenger, rear engine, yellow Blue Bird school bus at a cost of $148,453.

 

The next regular monthly Board of Education meeting is scheduled for March 12, 2018, at 7:00 P.M. in the Central Office in Falls City Middle School. Regular and special meeting agendas are kept in the Office of the Superintendent, Tim Heckenlively.